Mangala Mani, first Woman Scientist of ISRO who spent over 400 days in Antarctica

56-year-old Mangala Mani, first woman scientist of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO), survived for over 400 days in the biting cold of Antarctica

Mangla Mani was the only woman in 23-member team that went to India’s research station, Bharati. The team returned recently from their expedition.

At the research station Bharati, she used to operate and maintain the ground station where 10 of 14 orbits would be visible. She then collected the satellite data and sent it to India for processing and distribution to users.

Mangla Mani had never seen snowfall before. But she had to go through a tough training along with her team members in order to get selected for the expedition. After some medical tests, she was sent to Auli in Uttarakhand, at 9,000 feet altitude and later to Badrinath at 10,000 feet to get accustomed to the snow. Mani, along with her team, were also required to go on long treks carrying a heavy backpack which tested their physical endurance.    

Not only was she the only woman in the Indian group, Mangla Mani was also the only female in the entire zone as the Chinese and Russian earth stations also didn't have any woman during 2016-17


PC:  The Hindu

First Published: 22-May-2018- 16:03

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